People are naturals at self sabotage.
They say they want things in life, but for some reason they get in their own way and they sabotage themselves.
You might be one of those people. If so, you might not see it, but it is what you do. Here’s a list of possible ways you’re getting in your own way.
- You don’t stick to the plan long enough because you are impatient
- You engage in repetitive exercise
- You eat when you are not hungry
- You blame others for our food choices
- You dream more than you do
- You rely on motivation rather than dedication
You start tweaking things and trying to force results instead of just keeping on. Losing 12 pounds the first two weeks is exciting and then the third week you lose one pound (or less) and then the freak out starts and you think you are doing something wrong and start planning egg fasts. TRUST THE PROCESS people! Anywhere from half a pound and up is great. One pound a week is 52 pounds a year and that is awesome. I’ve said it before, it isn’t a race and if you are expecting every week to be like week one or two you will be sorely disappointed. It is unreasonable to expect more than two pounds a week loss. Get over it and be happy that you feel better, are losing inflammation and thus inches, and just be patient with the scale. It took you a long time to gain it, be glad losing it doesn’t take as long, but realize it won’t be overnight.
If your exercise/workout is the same day in and day out – same pattern, same length of time, same activity over and over that could contribute to slower progress. Our muscles have memory and they need to be challenged. Mix it up, do different activities, change your workouts around. I have three different leg workouts and I never do the same twice in a row. Surprise your muscles every time with something different.
Let’s stop the madness. You do not need to force ourselves to eat. That makes NO sense. Let go of the dogma that says you need to eat all day or have three meals and snacks. No, just no. Let go of the idea that you must meet macros. Listen, macros are great guidelines, especially for addicted folks who need to learn about portion size and need a reality check of how much they actually consume, but if Keto is your new way of life, you don’t want to be macro tracking the rest of your life do you? I don’t. I want freedom. I want some sense of normalcy. I won’t ever be “normal” as I won’t ever return to carbs, but I can be Keto normal for sure. Listen to your body, learn to know what it needs and when. Feed it only when it truly needs it – and here is a tip – if you are fat adapted it is highly unlikely you need to fuel more than twice in a 24 hour period. There are exceptions – hormones, extreme activity, but that still isn’t an every day thing. I have about 2-3 days a month where I eat three meals and feel ravenous all day long. I go with it because it is not a regular thing. I listen to my body and it rewards me.
I can’t be more clear on this – you and only you are responsible for what you eat. I don’t care who “pressures” you, what people around you are eating – it isn’t their fault – it’s yours. If you want to reach your goal, then what other people do or don’t do does not matter one iota. You either want to succeed or you don’t. Get your mind right and make the right choices no matter what is going on around you.
Work will get you where wishing won’t. You can think about stuff all day, but if you don’t take the right action, you won’t get the desired results. Cure yourself of the “Imgonna” disease. Someday I’m gonna lose weight. Someday I’m gonna work out. “Someday” is not a day of the week. Just do it. Quit talking and start doing.
Motivation doesn’t come naturally. Sure, you can get temporarily excited about things, but usually that wanes when you don’t take action. Don’t wait until you feel motivated or “in the zone” to take action. Take action and then you will be more motivated to take more action! Be dedicated to your goals and dreams and be a make a way find a way person! You want it? Prove it! Take actions that say you want to reach your goals. Dedicate yourself to giving up crap carbs. Dedicate yourself to treating your body right. Dedication is what it takes.
Reaching our goals is not impossible. I know it seems like it. I know the road seems so long on Day 1, but so what? The time is going to pass anyway so don’t you want that time to be productive? Why wait? Why delay your success? Start living the new life you want NOW – today!